Sunil Kumar Gupta, ED & Regional Manufacturing Head (East), Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited
On receiving the HR-CSR Awards 2019, Mr. Sunil Kumar Gupta(Cementing Excellence), Executive Director & Regional Manufacturing Head (East), Dalmia Cement (Bharat Limited) in Bhubaneswar shares his ideas and vision for CSR activities in Odisha and also invokes the leadership version as a person who has already worked in the cement industry relentlessly over three decades, which is fairly a unique and interesting adoption of any one’s career.
In a candid interaction with our Group Editor Dibyajit Sahu, Interview Times Group, he shares his thoughts over a strong cup of coffee.
Many Congratulations Mr. Gupta(Cementing Excellence) for your deserving HR-CSR 2019 award and also for spearheading East operations of the Dalmia Cement Group successfully.
Thank You, Mr. Sahu, for your kind words. I believe in working to my full potential always. Usually, awards or recognition are heaped on the leader, but one must realize that it’s not a one-man show.
Just that someone has to hold the baton to pave the light for the team and the rest is our beloved consumers. That has been our benchmark in the Dalmia Cement Group(Cementing Excellence).
How do you see CSR activities undertaken over the years by Dalmia Cement in Odisha?
It’s very satisfying and we are always on a lookout to improve on it with changing times. We have worked towards innovative and creative CSR activities for uplifting local communities.
Our CSR team is working on four verticals – Soil & Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Skill Development, and Social Development – for sustainable development of local communities.
While we are extending various kinds of support to local schools, we are also providing remedial coaching to local students, who can’t afford to opt for private tuition.
We have seen a number of such students doing great in 10th board exams with the help of our coaching. In the past few years, we have helped villagers build toilets in individual households. You will be happy to know that we have made two villages completely open defecation free.
Moving with the government’s vision of skilled India, we have taken up skill training to local youth with a serious note. At present, we are operating six skill centers in Odisha.
The unemployed youth of local communities can enroll and undergo desired skill training from a list of trades that we offer. We also help them get placed after completion of the training.
With the guidance from the State Government and in association with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation, we have undertaken to set up a world-class Badminton training center in Bhubaneswar to encourage aspiring players of the State.
Overall we at Dalmia Cement aim to have very structural and sustainable CSR commitments towards the society.
You have worked in a number of states before Odisha. How has been your experience here?
Odisha is one of the fast-rising states in India. It has huge natural mineral deposits and hence opportunities. In Odisha, we produce a total of 5.75 million tonnes per year at our two plant locations – Rajgangpur and Cuttack. Definitely, the experience has been good and we are upbeat about this market.
We are currently in the process of expanding our capacity by state setting up another 2.5 million tonne capacity. Personally, I appreciate the people of this state for their understanding and positive response.
Dalmia Cement is one of the leaders in the cement manufacturing sphere. Would you tell us more about the Company’s work culture?
We at Dalmia Cement Group(Cementing Excellence) lay emphasis on rewarding the good work and believe that failure means one step closer to success. From engineers to normal workers, we always trust them as our biggest asset and give them the freedom to bring out the best in.
We encourage them to assume personal responsibility to take forward the job sheets wholeheartedly. Therefore, our communities and staffs are self-motivated.
Do you see Odisha as a spot for investment and with the scope to become an industrial hub nationally?
Oh yes. I have always believed and said that on many occasions. Odisha has enormous potential not just because of its rich mineral deposits or coastal lines, but also for its political stability and willingness to go ahead with various investment projects.
What is your leadership mantra?
I believe I am a workaholic. That sends an open and wide message to other colleagues that performance comes first. No one gets away with non-performance.
Success and failure are just results, but everyone must put in their best in the process with 100 percent sincerity. That’s what I believe and follow.
How do you chill out?
I have already said, I am a workaholic. I normally like to google or read journals to find out more innovative ways or designs to understand the new technology that has come up to upgrade our version of technology and management in a globally competitive pace.